Daily Archives: 08/27/2011

Austin’s Startup America

(Community Matters) Startup Austinit’s all about jobs. At yesterday’s luncheon, John Price cited a statistic I didn’t know, nearly every job created since the 1990s is from a company less than 5 years old.

Startup America is a private-public initiative launched by Steve Case (AOL), Scott Case (Priceline) and the Obama Administration. The board’s a big deal and includes Austin’s own, Michael Dell. It’s about bringing together a coalition of mentors, advisors, funders, major corporations and service providers to deliver strategic and substantive resources to help entrepreneurs start and scale companies. It’s especially focused on leading existing firms with high-growth potential (what they call “speedups”).

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Joe Solmonese Stepping Down

(Community Matters) Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights campaign, announces his retirement today. It’s not too big a surprise on the street. It’s a widely known secret Joe wanted to retire after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (which the administration gives him much credit for helping pass). Pam Spaulding (Pam’s House Blend) broke the story yesterday. Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner added details which Pam’s noted at the bottom of her post.

lots of silly rumors and snipping about compensation – Blade survey here